To all: Council, Member National Authorities and Class Associations,
Prize money on the line for 2019 eSailing World Championship
Dear ladies and gentlemen,
The stakes will be higher than ever in the 2019 eSailing World Championship as the second season was officially launched today (22 January 2018) at boot Düsseldorf in Germany.
Following a successful first season, that saw 169,000 eSailors from 74 nations compete over six months, the second will see the introduction of prize money, a new competition format, National Championships and more global live events.
A prize fund of $10,000 USD, generously provided by Virtual Regatta, the leading digital sailing platform, will be up for grabs and will be awarded to the 2019 champion.
Running for eight months, the 2019 season will be governed by the Virtual Racing Rules of Sailing and will feature daily challenges, in-season PlayOffs, a Finals PlayOff and a Live Final in Bermuda at the end of October.
Challenges will either be connected to real-world sailing events, such as the Hempel World Cup Series, or will be digital challenges. Each one will be graded based on its importance and eSailors will earn ranking points towards the eSailing World Championship World Ranking. Challenge winners and top ranked players will advance to the in-season PlayOffs, of which there will be one in the winter, spring and summer.
Alongside the regular eSailing World Championship, up to ten National eSailing Championships will be held, allowing eSailors the opportunity to gain domestic bragging rights. The Deutscher Segler-Verband are World Sailing’s first Member National Authority to commit with a German eSailing National Championship to take place in 2019. Further nations and formats will be announced shortly.
The leading eSailors from the in-season PlayOffs, challenge winners and the top ten national eSailors will advance to September’s 1,000 player Final PlayOff. A series of challenges will determine who the top global eSailors are and who will be invited to the Live Final on an all-expenses paid trip to Bermuda, host of World Sailing’s 2019 Annual Conference.
The eSailors will then fight for the coveted eSailing World Championship title and the $10,000 USD prize fund.
Please find a press release attached with contains further information. If you do have further questions, please do not hesitate in contacting me.
Director of Communications and Digital